I had two reasons for visiting Olympia. First and foremost, it is home to my very favorite farmers market ever. Those not familiar with farmers markets may be wondering just how much lettuce a person can want to buy. Let me tell you that farmers markets are far more than that. Perhaps the only Washington farmers market that is open year-round, it has over 400,000 visitors in the 135 days it is open for business. And they are not just buying lettuce. In addition to world-class produce, one can find nursery stock, applewood smoked bacon, hand-crafted sausages, soaps, herbs, artwork, jams and jellies, baked goods, and fresh meat and seafood. The Olympia Farmers Market also has a stage and offers free, live music during lunchtime. Did I mention there is terrific food and locally roasted coffee available, too?
The second reason I had for visiting Olympia was to shoot some photos. Since taking up photography a few years ago, I discovered that I go more places and see more things with a camera in hand than I ever did before. Not only that, but I really LOOK at my surroundings. While looking for a photo op, I see beautiful landscapes, lovely wildflowers, and interesting birds. Before I took up photography, I would take a quick look, not really seeing half of what was there, and think “Okay, where to now?”. With photography, as with much else in life, one thing leads to another.
As of the 2010 census, Olympia had a population of 46,478, so it has a small-town feel despite being the state capital. However, it is on the southern edge of the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Metropolitan Area, with an estimated population of 3,500,000 (more than half of the state’s total population). The Greater Seattle Metro area ranks as the 13th largest in the country and Olympia is right on the southern edge of that. It’s proximity to a large population center also lends Olympia a bit of a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The area near the farmers market is eclectic and trendy, with shops and eateries and a lot of building art, such as that pictured below.
While wandering around the area, I saw some huge cattle in a field near where Mud Bay Rd NW intersects with US-101. Parked momentarily on the shoulder of a busy highway, I only managed to capture the bull. To give you an idea of the size, I estimate this fellow to be at least as big as a large SUV.
At the point where the Deschutes River empties into Budd Inlet lies a manmade lake, Capitol Lake, which is part of the Washington State Capitol Campus.
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